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Photographer  Mary Brown {Karma:71879}
Project #2 The Creative Flower Camera Model Kodak DX7440
Categories Florals
Children
Film Format
Portfolio All Images
Floral
Babies
Lens Digital Camera
Uploaded 10/5/2005 Film / Memory Type Natural Light
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Location City - 
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Country - Canada   Canada
About The camera setting details are difficult to state as I used two pictures. The flower, I took outside in the summer and my grandaughter, I took inside in September.
Below, I have included another picture taken at the same time and turned to B&W. It is one my daughter and son-in-law want and I do like it. But, from what I understand, it is a rather well used pose, so I thought I'd try to do something a little different with it. I played in PS and came up with this. I hope you like it.
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There are 73 Comments in 1 Pages
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Jose Ignacio (Nacho) Garcia Barcia Jose Ignacio (Nacho) Garcia Barcia   {K:96391} 11/1/2006
great details. very sweet.marvelous composition.

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stingRay pt.4 . stingRay pt.4 .   {K:250269} 10/1/2006
This is a beautifully thought out postwork composition utilising two great images. I also like the attached composition and whether it is a well used pose or not, one, I have never seen it other than here and two, another person's efforts can often surpass originals. Beautiful skin tones, excellent details and clarity and then there is the gorgeous floral study element. Well done to you Mary....excellent work indeed. All the very best to you.....Ray

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Casey Lannette Casey Lannette   {K:673} 9/24/2006
I love these pictures, its so sweet, and babies do actually look like they should blooming from flowers :)

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Annemette Rosenborg Eriksen Annemette Rosenborg Eriksen   {K:55244} 8/15/2006
What a sweet child being presented as a child of nature resting on a flower. Such a good idea!:)
Best wishes,
Annemette

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Jinggoy Montenejo Jinggoy Montenejo   {K:7736} 7/17/2006
Very good PS work Mary! I'm very impressed with your creativity! Landscape, portraits and PS work - you're very versatile and photography is a good outlet!
Take care Mary!

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 3/30/2006
Hi Phillip. Thanks for that compliment.
MAry

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Phillip  Minnis    Phillip  Minnis    {K:13131} 3/27/2006
Mary, one word - CARDS! You should be turning your talent for these type of images in to cash! They are just lovely!

Cheers

Phil

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Zeev Scharf   {K:25603} 2/19/2006
Lovely Baby,Superb work here,very nicely composed
Best regards

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andree lerat andree lerat   {K:17476} 1/22/2006
Personally I love your black and white shot. The expression on the baby's face is precious. Although you are right about this pose having been used, you've still managed to make it your own.

I also like your photoart but I think that the baby looks like she is floating more than lying on the flower. Nevertheless, it is a great idea. :) Andree

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Gil Draper   {K:3194} 1/19/2006
This is one of my fsvotites. Your photos are delightful, they are bright, cheerful, and creative. Thanks for displaying them. Gil
Thanks for your commrnts.

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Ashley Brooke Ashley Brooke   {K:109} 1/15/2006
that reminds me of Anne Geddes! Great work!

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Robert Chin   {K:22282} 12/30/2005
Very creative effort that works.The look of innocence.
regards

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The Pilgrim The Pilgrim   {K:63782} 12/6/2005
A dandy of a shot if I ever did see one Mary
wow! Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

Best wishes

Paul

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Alison Stroebel   {K:4069} 12/6/2005
This is so beautiful I love the Ann Geddes range. Well done wonderful stuff.

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Subhash Sen Subhash Sen   {K:11931} 12/3/2005
Wish you could teach me how to work on these pics ,great ,love,subhash.

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 11/29/2005
Hi, Patrizio. Congratulations on becoming a grandfather soon! Being a grandparent is great fun. I'm so glad you and your wife like this photo. I'll look forward to seeing some of your pictures when the new arrival is here.
MAry

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patrizio napolitano   {K:13119} 11/28/2005
bellissima mary straordinaria.
soon I will be grandfather of a child!
I have let my wife see your photo
has told me that also I will have to do one of them this way!
patrizio

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 11/21/2005
Hi Antonia. Thanks so much for the comments and taking the time to offer suggestions. I really appreciate that. Re the bottom image: afer I got it printed on 4x6, I immediately noticed the background flaws and repainted. I need more practice with using masks. The marks did not show up on my monitor. HOWever, I just got a new one (and new computer and printer). Paul looked at me wierdly when I said it is wonderful as it shows my mistakes. The marks in this are now so very obvious on my new set up.
The top picture was me trying to do something different. Now, when I try something another time, I have some things to watch for. Thanks.
MAry

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Antonia BauerleinSehnert   {K:30599} 11/21/2005
Very sweet! It can be a challenge to match lighting between pics. In this instance it looks decent, but the background blur is so pronounced that it draws a little attention away, rather than simply popping the focal point. The PS work on the transition is good. There are tell-tale lines in the background from cloning perhaps, which you can fix with the healing brush or clone tool. As for the bottom image, it is precious. Perhaps you can use a mask to make the black background more solid so that your brush strokes don't show. There is a halo along the baby's bottom and foot that is resting on the father's arm that needs to be cleaned up. I had that problem on my vampire and used a layer mask to refine my edge (the first and second takes are still up so you can see if you like). This image will be treasured for years to come Mary, and is well worth the effort. Don't worry about it having been done before -- who cares...it was never done with YOUR granddaughter! Congrats to you and your family on the beautiful newcomer. :) Hugs. Antonia

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Ann Nida Ann Nida   {K:45248} 11/10/2005
Oh Mary this is so very precious. I like the B&W posted here also but as you say it's been done before. This take with the baby on the flower is so creative and original. The flower photo on its own is wonderful and to put the baby on it very imaginative. I don't usually comment on people or baby photos as I enjoy photographing nature but your work is outstanding. I just love it.

Thank you also for taking the time to view and comment on my images. Your opinions are greatly appreciated.

Cheers - Ann :)

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Glenn Edmiston Glenn Edmiston   {K:7366} 11/2/2005
Hi Mary this is adorable reprecentaion you are good with photoshop for sure .. I love the one on the arm and the B&W just makes it for sure very well done .. Cheers Glenn . ps: thank for the complement on my work appreciate it

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Linda Imagefree Linda Imagefree   {K:72276} 11/1/2005
Mary this is lovely, very creative and very nicely put together, I have to learn how to do this kind of thing. That is such a gorgeous grandaughter you have there...I like what you did and of course the black and white image is wonderful too...very nice work Mary...Linda

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Yamil Saenz Yamil Saenz   {K:12434} 10/31/2005
Lovely picture Mary.
They both look so beautiful and delicate.
Great job with the PS.
Take care.
Yamil

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Marilyn Nagy   {K:6008} 10/30/2005
Ooooh Mary! Amazing PS work! I really like how you did this. Still haven't figured out such complex work but you did it perfectly. Sweet shot of the baby and just wonderful putting it all together. Marilyn

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Zeev Scharf   {K:25603} 10/28/2005
Excellent Work Mary,the composition with the baby on the flower is magnificent,superb blending of all images
Many thanks for nice comment on "Exotic place"
Best regards

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Roberto Arcari Farinetti Roberto Arcari Farinetti   {K:209486} 10/27/2005
ohhh.. lovely..
roby

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Roberto Okamura   {K:22851} 10/19/2005
Excellent work Mary!
Cute baby, great momment!
Best wishes!
Roberto.

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Amna Al Shamsi   {K:21795} 10/16/2005
Lovely ...

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Trish McCoy Trish McCoy   {K:15897} 10/15/2005
you did a really nice job here. beautiful work. I love the one in daddy's arm too. that is priceless. gorgeous shots.

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Andrew  Parisi   {K:1945} 10/14/2005
Very nice. Looking at all of your photos, you have a good eye and are very artistic. Your photoshop skills are far advanced then mine. Very, very nice work.

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Pierre Martin   {K:3355} 10/14/2005
Ah..... so cute, Mary!!! Very creative and imaginative! :0))

- Pierre

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 10/13/2005
Hi Carolyn. Thanks for your kind comment. I went to have a look at your pictures and unfortunately, you have none uploaded.
Mary

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 10/13/2005
Hi Bob. I'm glad you like my picture. Thanks so much for your comment and mentioning the sharp edges. I appreciate your pointing that out. Something for me to keep in mind the next time I try a composite.
Mary

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 10/13/2005
Hi Roger. Thanks for your comment and for pointing out the no shadow problem. I really appreciate your doing that. I haven't worked much with composites, so your note is a helpful point to keep in mind another time.
Mary

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Nando Mondino   {K:14261} 10/13/2005
A cute image my friend.

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Darlene Boucher   {K:15739} 10/13/2005
Wonderful creation, flower and that beautiful child! Well done using PS. Love it Mary! Darlene

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Giorgio Goretti   {K:15471} 10/12/2005
Interesting work and idea Mary, Alastair already did pointed out the necessary other corrections to do, and i share his opinion, anyway it's a good job...
Thank you very much for the comment on my today POD, i appreciated it very much..
Giorgio

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Dr. Rafael Springmann Dr. Rafael Springmann   {K:89517} 10/12/2005
Four uniquely wonderful photos of baby Alyssa, dear Mary, culminating in this work of art that went to my favorites.
I understand your difficulty in spending time on comments, nevertheless I thank you for your very kind comments on my "Diapers", "Fall, brown and green", "Reflection in Eilat", "Multiple autoportrait", "Palm grove", "Billiard room 1", "Composition in red", "Enter" and "Sunrise over Aqaba."
Best regards,
Rafi

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Robert Delgadillo Robert Delgadillo   {K:3509} 10/10/2005
Imaginative use of compositing. Pretty time consuming and difficult to get just right. This pretty close as you can get with such different originals. Congrats on the grand-daughter.
Bob

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Carolyn Wiesbrock   {K:14051} 10/9/2005
Adorable!

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Judi Liosatos Judi Liosatos   {K:34047} 10/8/2005
Oh this is so beautiful. Great work Mary and I really like the BW version in the comments.

Judi

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sherif hussein   {K:13815} 10/8/2005
Excellent work and wonderful Idea
Well done 7++++++++++++++++++++
Regards
Sherif

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 10/7/2005
Hi Alastair. Yes, I have PhotoShop 7. Thank you so very much for the help. Right now, there are no PS use classes near me that I can find. There are things I would like to do and don't yet know how. However, since I first got PS7 about 5 months ago, I've learned a lot from trial and error, reading through the Help pages and especially from notes like yours. I really appreciate your pointing out how to improve my images and sharing your experience so readily.
Mary

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Shady Adly Shady Adly   {K:7814} 10/7/2005
wow wowwwwww soooooo cute dear Mary ,u had done a very good work my daer

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Del Metheny   {K:25617} 10/7/2005
Very nice PS work here, and in the insert also. Makes a very cute and sweet photo. A pretty baby,,,but tell dad his hairy arm will scratch her tender skin. smile. Nice work. Del.

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NN  NN     {K:26787} 10/6/2005
Such a great idea to combine these two shots! She is sooooooooooo cute!!!

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greg collins   {K:12273} 10/6/2005
Very creative shot Mary. Looks very relaxed and comfortable.
Regards Greg

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Alastair Bell   {K:29571} 10/5/2005
Hi Mary,

Assuming you use Photoshop (if you don't there are usually similar tools in other programs, normally what I would do is on the original image I would select the baby then feather the selection (the amount of feathering depends on the size of the selection so a bit of trial and error may be necessary - after a while you just sort of know - but try starting with say 10 pixels). Then when you add the baby to the new background the feathering will soften the image down a bit where the two overlap.

I've achieved a similar effect by using the blur tool and running it around the edge of the baby. I set the tool to normal more strength 39% then traced around the outside a couple of times till it sort of looked 'right'. I then went over the sharper details of the baby to try to make the overall sharpness look more natural. A quick bit of .2 pixel gaussian blur completed the blending.
As Roger mentioned the lack of shading under the baby is also a giveaway. So to fix this try using the paintbrush tool set to opacity 30%, flow 30%, set to soft light mode, then using black and a brush size of about 20 pixels with 0 hardness create shadows and darker areas under the baby. I've done a very quick and rough and ready job to show what I mean...
Hope you like it and find this helpful!

Alastair

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A little blurring and shading


Alison DuFlon Alison DuFlon   {K:36566} 10/5/2005
This is really adorable Mary, you did a beautiful job putting it together and the one below priceless also. She is going to have the most beautiful and creative photo albums. Alison

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 10/5/2005
Thanks very much, Alastair for the help. I know the edges look coarse, but am not sure how to solve that. Do you mind helping me out by telling me how to soften the edges? I'd really, really appreciate it.
Mary

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Bob Aldridge Bob Aldridge   {K:14758} 10/5/2005
An exellent peace of work mary!!!!!!!love it !!!!
very good efect but I would just like to say that the edges of the baby are a bit to sharp.but not to wory to muth it is a very well put togeather
peace of work. must have taken ages? very well done Mary!!!!!!!!!Best Regards....Bob Aldridge.

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Roger Williams Roger Williams   {K:86139} 10/5/2005
Mary, I much prefer the B&W one of hanging out with Dad... The lack of any local shadowing on the petals under the baby's body sort of rubs in the fact that this is a composite. I like the idea, though, and the pose is perfect for it.

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Sam Graziano III Sam Graziano III   {K:14064} 10/5/2005
I Like them both Mary....But I would have to say that the "Just hanging out with Dad is my Favorite. It is Perfect in B&W.
Well done on both shots and presentation.

Best Regards

Sam III

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Marusnik Bela   {K:11611} 10/5/2005
Perfect PS work.Touching result.Congrats!

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Alastair Bell   {K:29571} 10/5/2005
Very clever and unique idea Mary! I think a little softening of the edges of the baby would help a little to blend into the flower. There is a noticeable discrepancy in sharpness of the flower and sharpness of the baby which if adjusted will really hekp the overall image integrate.
I love the idea though!

Superb!!

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Mark Evans Mark Evans   {K:17428} 10/5/2005
Superb mary .. love it ..how cute is your grandaughter Awwww !!! .. marky .

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Margaret Sturgess   {K:49403} 10/5/2005
Yes I very much like what you have done with it. unique and special
Margaret

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Hanggan Situmorang Hanggan Situmorang   {K:37833} 10/5/2005
Hahahaha! I like it, Mary! So cute and touching. Great and neat presentation, my friend. Congratulations!

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gianpaolo reggi   {K:2841} 10/5/2005
OOOOhhh Mary excellent idea and composition,great work.

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Larry Fosse Larry Fosse   {K:66493} 10/5/2005
Fun photo Mary...nice presentation and great PS work

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julie hugill julie hugill   {K:6730} 10/5/2005
So cute Mary I just love the way you do this such a relaxed picture and lovely expression lovely colours and detail great work 7++++

Julie

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Manuel Bedoyan Manuel Bedoyan   {K:9098} 10/5/2005
Very nicely done Mary. So sweet and lovely. Gerat work. Congrats

Regards

Manuel

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Chris Spracklen   {K:32552} 10/5/2005
Wow! You're getting very creative, Mary!!
It's great to play with PS and you did a great job with this one!!
Having said that, I can see why your daughter and son-in-law would like the other one too! It's an excellent shot and, though the pose has been done before, it's not been done with this dad and this precious baby!!
Best regards, Chris

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Rosario Esposito Rosario Esposito   {K:9796} 10/5/2005
You have created a flower as it rocks, beautiful idea realized with optimal result.brava
-Rosario-

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patrizio napolitano   {K:13119} 10/5/2005
hi mary, is a stupendous person, only a stupendous person can make so beautiful photo!
patrizio

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Susie OConnor Susie OConnor   {K:34798} 10/5/2005
Nice job...very cute! I know the other one is well used, but I still love those babies in dad's arms. Both are very nice!

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Cary Shaffer   {K:9269} 10/5/2005
This is too cool Mary, I just had to laugh at the casual look on the child, good work, Cary

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ARMANDO ALC┴ZAR ARMANDO ALC┴ZAR   {K:42404} 10/5/2005
hahaha!! 7+++++++++++++++++++++++++ wonderful pic , work and beautiful baby, congrats and God bless you

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Mark Kresl Mark Kresl   {K:9434} 10/5/2005
Another nice one, Mary. I love how you blend the pictures.

Mark

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John Loreaux John Loreaux   {K:86210} 10/5/2005
Unique and fun photo Mary!You did a great job making it look like He is laying across the flower!!
Adorable child!!! My best...............John
The photo below is so excellent!!!!

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Gustavo Scheverin Gustavo Scheverin   {K:164501} 10/5/2005
Excelente idea muy bien realizada Mary!
Felicitaciones!

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 10/5/2005
Oops, forgot the picture.

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Mary Brown   {K:71879} 10/5/2005
Here's one of the other pictures taken at the same time.
MAry

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